Date Joined: 01/21/05
Pros: This is my fourth ACER LCD monitor. The other three are 22" with fixed stand AL2216W. ACER is a no-nonsense, high-quality monitor the aesthetics are neat and unobtrusive. No "bling". The matt black frame and stand are as refined and there is no unnecessary bulk. Do you love to dust? Buy a monitor with glossy black frame and stand. Want software issues? Want to pay more for no reason at all? Don't buy an ACER.
Cons: The blue power indicator LED at the lower righ corner is not a problem in daylight but, at night, when you're watching a movie, the blue light is litterally glaring. So much so that I may paint over it.
Overall Review: The stand, adjustments, swivel ant tilt are excellent and sturdy. Overall, this monitor is a good value versus others.
Pros: Fast, quiet, relatively cool, and a tinkerers' delight.
Cons: For what it is, in its class, none.
Overall Review: I've used Raptors exclusively for boot drives for about 6 years. I like to play, so I paired this drive with a 3Ware host adapter (with breakout cables for 4 drives). Other than the possibility of a longer time before failure, I can not justify SAS even for the most demanding workstations. For enterprise server applications, OK. These drives are truly excellent but--and again, I like to play--not worth the total (real) cost of implementation for most of us.
Pros: This phone will do most anything any other sophisticated business phone will do and more. It has most any feature you can think of.
Cons: Fundamentally flawed by virtue of poor, sometimes bad, sound quality both on speaker and handset. By my standards, this phone is unusable.
Overall Review: I returned it. It's a shame because it really could have been a nice setup.
Pros: I'm about to buy 2 of these cards. I noticed, though, that the print side of this card is of another card altogether. It has a 6-pin 12vdc socket and a right angle bar along the front edge for rigidity.
Cons: None, just the error in the photos.
Overall Review: Low power, heat, and noise. It's all good.
Pros: Cool, quiet, and voluminous
Cons: For what it is, none.
Overall Review: This is designed for file storage, not OS and programs. Of course it is slow and it loads programs slowly. It's not designed for that.
Pros: Latest Bios update succeeded. No more double reboot issues! Aesthetic and Architectural congruence, and all that has been said below. Now, a perfect motherboard indeed.
Cons: None spring to mind
Overall Review: I love that I can use my Zalman Fatality FS-C77 HSF on this 1156 socket. Extremely thoughtful, EVGA.
Pros: Paired with Lynnfield 2.80ghz X3460 Zeon and EVGA P55 F T W 200, this is cool, tight, and crisp RAM. Hardware matching is important.
Cons: None spring to mind.
Overall Review: I couldn't afford a Prius so I bought this RAM instead.
Pros: For all the positive reasons so many educated reviewers below have indicated, this CPU is a legend in its own upgrade cycle (if that's a valid geek syntax).
Cons: OK, Sure.
Overall Review: Speed, stability, cool operating temps, great price and it's a 775. Got to love it.
Pros: Excellent Board. Bios fix for double reboot issue is available at EVGAs driver download site.
Cons: Can not download bios and unzip. System does not recognize file. I suspect temporary EVGA server issues.
Overall Review: At least they're trying.
Pros: Second one (rma) is excellent. Fast, relatively quiet--very crisp.
Cons: Limited motherboard support.
Overall Review: 3 drives in a row can not be dead. Troubleshoot your 12vdc+- and 5vdc +-. It's either your cables or the PSU, not the drives.
Pros: Almost everything.
Cons: It's as though Gigabyte just can't handle perfection. You have a nearly perfect aesthetic. Coordinated and consistent color scheme and hardware eye candy. WHY will you not lose the parallel IDE socket and the FDD socket? Well, when you do, I will but this board.
Gemini parts on a space shuttle
Overall Review: This, and EVGA P55 F T W 200 are near masterpieces.
Cons: As described by posts in EVGA's forum, this board reboots spontaneously during the first 5 seconds of manual reboot or start up.
No bios fix yet, and that is a disapointment.
Overall Review: It would be a very, very bad business decision not to correct this issue.
Pros: I stress that I unintentionally OCed this processor to over 4g during memory setting and voltage adjustments. I use an old 775 socket (socket T) with an adapter to mount a C-77 Zalman Fatality copper HSF. When I realized he CPU settings, I immediatly checked CPU temps. All 50 degrees C +- 5 degrees. That's right, on a fan, no water. The EVGA F T W 200 board is up to most anything except, see below.
Cons: None spring to mind. This CPU is a real "competitor buster".
Overall Review: This is not Intel's fault: Most Mobos are just not tweeking their BIOS to facilitate smooth operation of this CPU. By my thinking, this is too late. I did flash to latest bios and that's when the successful overclocking began. Know that Zeons are, on balance, held to tighter spec control, but certain motherboards are not yet up to the Zeons.
I love this CPU
Pros: As per my initial review, I love this board. There is so much to play with. Color scheme is very classy and elegant through the clear/tinted front panel of a Cooler Master ATCS case.
Cons: On EVGAs forum, I found a string of p55 F T W 200 owners who share this problem with me: From cold boot (not restart) the computer restarts after a few seconds and then completely boots. Each and every time. I eliminated absolutely every hardware component and driver. Everything. So, this is a known issue. I had thought it was that my x3460 was incompatible. No. I flashed to latest bios (10-09). I even downloaded new chipset drivers. No change. I think this is rough on a system but otherwise seems benign. I still love this board.
Overall Review: PCP&Cooling 750 Silencer. Should do it with 5 HD and one video card.
Pros: No need for 12V supplemental power; reasonably sized, quiet, unobtrusive fan; high performance for the price.
Overall Review: This GPU is near the lower price threshold of much faster cards, but the next step up means double slot and a card that takes up your whole case and obstructs air flow. But then again I'm old fashioned.
Pros: 51 degees farenheit idle with X3460. Not withstanding that, this HSF is incontrovertably the best there is and ever was. Anyone with an eye for the obvious and with a basic knowledge of physics will likely agree.
Overall Review: They complained the weight of this unit could damage the motherboard if the computer was jostled. Are you kidding? The leverage of new high profile units is far more likely to break a socket or board.
Pros: It works perfectly to use a Zalman Fatality HSF with an 1156 socket. Perfect.
Overall Review: Because the back of 1156 socket motherboards are raised more than those on 775 boards, the backplate, which would otherwise stabalize the mount and even out the compression, cannot be used. It seems to befine never the less.
Pros: See Below
Cons: See Below
Overall Review: WARNING: Memory slot #4 is sufficiently close to the CPU socket that it prohibits use of Zalman "flower type" heatsink and Fan (120mm). E.g. Fatality FS-C77 and 7000 series. I tried Corsair XMS3 4gb 2 x 2 Modules and, as I said, slot #4 is obstructed by the fan. So, I used 4 sticks of 1600 mhz Kingston. Or, you could use two 4gig sticks for 8g instead of four 2gb sticks. So far, other than that, I stick to my original review.
Pros: I own this board as well as EVGA and Gigabyte. I'm using this as a venue, however, to inform readers that ASUS P5E64 WS EVOLUTION LGA 775 Intel X48, a relatively recent board, does not support Win7. Absolutely amazing. FYI
Overall Review: ASUS really is asleep at the wheel.
Pros: From Wolfdale E8600 3.33ghz Dual Core to this. Stunning performance. Programs load so fast you click long after they have loaded. Everything I do seems to be instant. Pleasantly, this processor runs as cool as the Wolfdale despite its 4-cores.
Cons: None, not even the cost.
Overall Review: This transition was as glaring as PIII 750mhz to P4 3.2ghz. Then Conroe, Yorkfield...and I really could not imagine a better more perfect CPU than the E8600 or the E3110. Lynnfield is exciting with EVGA P55 F T W-200
Pros: I've owned ASUS and have been rather closed minded until I used this board on a new build with a Lynnfield X3469 and Corsair 1600mhz memory. I'll leave the explaining to the engineers but I am stunned with the performance of these components. The board architecture is as intelligent as I have ever seen, and the quality of manufacture is quite apparent. The the BIOS is an enthusiasts fantasy, but it's real. I mean it, this motherboard is really excellent. And, it's a lot of fun to tinker with.
Cons: I cannot think of one.
Overall Review: If this is a tip of the hand as to what's in the enthusiast market pipeline I am excited.
Pros: Very good drive.
Cons: At this point it could be a bit less costly.
Overall Review: It's not the drive. Check power and data cable as well as host adapter as well as on-board I/O connector. Also, where is your backup or redundant drive? It ain't the drive.
Pros: It be what it be.
Cons: Price, barrier to experience.
Overall Review: This guy, below, is an excellent writer and reviewer.
Pros: Exceptional performance and technology. And good looking, too! No projection going on here (wink).
Cons: As I previously mentioned, the SATA IO ports are restrictive and do not easily accept the myriad types of female connectors available today. And, the price is archaic although it is more than worth it. Contradiction I guess.
Overall Review: No projection going on here (wink). It is worth the cost but the cost is never the less too high in context of the legacy status of the card. I would but 2 more below $300.00 in a heartbeat. PCI-X is far faster than reviews give it credit for.
Pros: It's a perfectly good hard drive with an unimaginable capacity, although I fill em up quickly.
Overall Review: Who in their right mind wants to build a RAID with 2TB drives?! What are you doing!! Riciculous enough in RAID1 but, come on, RAID 0!!! You are trying to use a screw driver to put a nail in a wall.